Monday, October 5, 2015


I recently started my free trial to What was my experience? Let me share it with you.

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As you know I'm primarily a knitter, but I love exploring other crafts. Creativebug is great for that. If you already have the skills taught in the class you might still learn, but you probably won't need to watch again and again.With Creativebug's monthly subscription you can watch as many shows as you want, or watch the same show more than once. This is great for ones thinking of getting into a new craft, when you need basic skills. You don't pay for each show individually, but can try out many shows each month. If you see a favorite you want to keep, you get one credit each month to save a show to your library.

Surprisingly the videos I watched the most weren't about knitting or crochet. There are videos for sewing, paper crafts, yarn, and quilting. I watched several on sewing, including: Master Pattern Drafting for creating your own sewing pattern, and Learn to Sew Clothes, Sewing a Top or Dress with Princess Seams.  These have me really wanting to sew my own clothes again. When I sewed my own clothes before, my Grandma and Mom were available to help with scary stuff like sewing zippers and cutting the fabric. The last video helps with those, and the first one helps you get the best fit.

I also watched the Weaving for Beginners class.  This starts you out with all you need to know about weaving, including how to make your own loom. The also have free patterns on how to read a crochet pattern, how to read a sewing pattern, and reading knitting patterns and charts.

Which video are you going to watch next?

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Friday, October 2, 2015

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Quick Crocheted Accessories, 3 Skeins or Less by Sharon Zientara

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Quick Crocheted Accessories by Sharon Zientara from Interweave is great for those of us whose stash is more likely to yield orphan balls then sweater quantities. Use the one skein projects to quickly make a present, or play with the complex stitch patterns or color work in the two and three skein projects. 

Patterns include hats, cowls, shawls and shawlettes, slippers, scarves, wraps, mitts, and a brooch. While the patterns are made prettier by the yarn choice, they would look good in other yarns. Crocheting these items wouldn't be difficult, but isn't plain single crochet for miles either. Exact amounts of yarn used is not given, but some items could probably be made from less then a full ball. There are projects that combine colors for even more crochet fun. Would you like to see some of my favorites?
This piece from the cover would be fun to crochet, and fun to wear. The stitch pattern would be fun to see in a 'plain' scarf, though the loop adds many possibilities for styling. 

This is a light and airy piece. Inspired by a Japanese stitch pattern, it would look great in any flower color.

These socks are not just crocheted, they are tunisian crocheted. Must try this! They would make for a very thick cushy fabric, great for winter and fall. The spiral construction means a regular crochet hook is all you need. 

I love this stitch pattern, especially in the hat. But the seaming on the mittens bugs me. I wouldn't like that extra fabric on my hands. Course, I'm not a ribbon and bow person either. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happenings: 9/23 Play with Polymer Clay

I love knitting, but this summer I rediscovered other crafts i loved at one time. Polymer clay is one of them. So when Monday was an unexpected day off, I used the afternoon to get all my polymer clay and tools out to explore new techniques. It has been so long! Don't laugh! Clearly more practice is required, but it was fun.


Have  you tried something new or rediscovered lately?
Most of these are going to be earrings or necklaces, but others will be perfect stitch markers.

Using acrylic paint on polymer clay was new to me. It was so much fun, good thing I have a lot of paint!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Review: Crochet Boutique by Rachael Oglesby

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In my current destash project, I have sold a lot of magazines and books. One of the books I have kept is Crochet Boutique by Rachael Oglesby. The complete title is Crochet Boutique, 30 simple, stylish hats, bags, & accessories. Simple and stylish is a really good description. The project takes crochet and make it a bit more modern with new colors and yarns. Many are small and use bulky yarn, so you will be able to have a finished item quickly. 

I like these:
They both use simple crochet stitches to make items you could wear everyday. They would also fit my wardrobe, handmade look, with out looking homemade. If you know what i mean. 

There are a couple I wouldn't make:
The pillow is just because I wouldn't make it. The lampshade would be dark with all the yarn on it. The purpose of a lamp, for me, is to provide light. Usually I'm trying to craft by it. It is a cute picture though. 

Some projects would be great for inspiring your projects you sell, or make great gifts:
These would be quick to knit up, and don't have to fit your recipient like other projects might. 

If you would like to buy this book, please visit The price is quite reasonable for the number of patterns. Depending on the offer you accept,  it is also eligible for free shipping with a prime membership.